Local area

Burntisland is a small town in Fife, within easy distance of Edinburgh, Dundee, and St Andrews.

Geography

Burntisland sits on the south coast of Fife, Scotland, on the Fife coastal path. It faces directly opposite Edinburgh, and there are beautiful views of the capital from the beach just outside the house.

The nearest big town is Kirkcaldy, about 6 miles away. It’s only 40 minutes’ train journey to Edinburgh, and about an hour to Dundee and St Andrews.

Things to do

Walking

You can walk along the Fife Coastal Path in either direction, and see seals, birds and, if you’re lucky, a humpback whale.

History and books

In Burntisland itself, there are some lovely little places to explore if you like history: the Museum of Communication and Burntisland Heritage Centre. The Heritage Trust also organise guided walks around the town.

We also have a fantastic treasure trove of a book shop: Hanselled Books. Think a cross between Black Books and the Tardis!


If you’re more active, then you can use the pool or gym at The Beacon Leisure Centre, just the other end of the beach from us. If you’re feeling brave, you can just jump in the sea. We love to go wild swimming.

Around Fife

Further afield, there’s shopping and more museums and galleries in nearby Kirkcaldy or Dunfermline. Dunfermline used to be the capital of Scotland, and is where Robert the Bruce is buried.

Children’s activities

There’s plenty to do for kids in and around Burntisland, starting, of course, with the beach itself. There’s also a fantastic playground nearby with a water park and accessible features for children using wheelchairs.

The Beacon swimming pool at just the other end of the beach is great for children, with flumes and waves on at the weekend and during the Scottish school holidays.

Pettycur Bay Holiday Park is only a mile up the road and has swimming, soft play, and a games arcade

Accessibility

The town is generally doing well for wheelchair access, with wide pavements and well placed dropped kerbs in most places.

We are sadly let down by the access at the train station, but we’re involved in campaigning to change that.

The Beacon Leisure Centre, just at the other end of the beach, has level access into the pool, and has a pool wheelchair to help you get in.


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